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GeForce GTX 295 Graphics Card: ~$500
Can you say, "overkill?" Sure, we knew you could. The EVGA 017-P3-1295-AR CO-OP Edition offers 1792MB, 896 (448 x 2)-bit DDR3 using PCI Express 2.0 x16. It's HDCP ready and SLI-supported. Of course, a minimum of 680 watt power supply is required, but that's a small price to pay for this type of gaming experience.
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Playstation 3: ~$300
With a new lower price and higher storage capacity, this is the version of the console that you've been waiting for. Wireless controllers, free access to the online network, download and Blu-Ray playback capabilities, HDMI output, and onboard Wi-Fi are just a few of the reasons why the PS3 is the machine to have. Add in some expected 2010 exclusive titles like Final Fantasy Versus XIII, God of War III, & Heavy Rain, and the decision becomes even easier.
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Astro MLG A40 System 5.1 Bluetooth Gaming Headset: ~$250
Featuring Dolby Digital surround sound and a completely customizable microphone boom, this gaming headset will elevate your online gaming experience to heights unimagined. No more wires and cords to fight with, so you can save your nerdrage for the REAL enemy (your best friend Rob, who's been spawn-camping with that sniper rifle for, like, DAYS).
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Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard: ~$70
Illuminated and backlit keys, along with six different programmable keys for macros, this keyboard will definitely step up your game. The LCD GamePanel displays the information you need, and this keyboard also features quick one-button access to volume and media play-back controls. Quiet keys with a great tactile feel and under-board cord routing all contribute to an amazing game experience you won't forget.
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Dragon Age: Origins, Collector's Edition: ~$60
BioWare's newest RPG offering is one of the hottest games this holiday season. Featuring single-player party combat and six different opening stories and playable characters, the game comes with a bonus content CD, a cloth game map, and special in-game items available only to players with the Collector's Edition.
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Warhammer Fantasy Battle: ~$60
The box game complete with over 100 Citadel Miniatures, rulebook, starter booklet, dice, templates and scenery will keep your favorite gamer entertained, even when the power is out. This is also a great way to introduce kids to the lost art of fantasy gaming pre-electronics.
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Xbox 360 Modern Warfare 2 Throat Communicator: ~$30
A new design in console gaming headsets is what this MadCatz model brings to the table. While the sound may not be quite as clear as the standard MS Xbox communicator, what it loses in quality is more than made up for in pure sexiness. Those gamers who have issues with the headband or over-the-ear type sets may prefer this military-inspired design that wraps comfortably around the back of the neck. Also features integrated volume and mute controls.
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MMO Game Time Cards: ~$20-30
World of Warcraft, Aion, Age of Conan, Champions Online, Lord of the Rings; no matter what MMO your gamer is immersed in, tucking a game time card in his stocking will put you at the top of his 'favorite people' list. Even better, grab yourself a license for his current passion and game along with. Ask any gamer what he really wants and he's likely to say that a) it's time to play, and b) great friends to play with.
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J!NX Aion Women's Daeva Tee: ~$20
The first step is admitting there's a problem - so why not force your favorite gamer to proclaim her hobby to the world by giving her J!NX wearables? There are collections for Aion, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Dungeons and Dragons, and EVE Online, as well as any other geeky genre you might be looking for.
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Game Informer Magazine Subscription: ~$20
A year's worth of the favored gaming mag is a steal at the current subscription rate. Nabbing your sub from a local Gamestop may net even more in terms of promotions and discounts, including extra trade-in credit. Help your gamer stay on top of the latest news and avoid wasting time on the titles that don't deliver.